How to set up an Apple TV and Apple TV 4K

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Just unboxed a new Apple TV 4K? You are in for a treat. While not cheap compared to other options, the set-top streamer is one of the best in its class, providing access to thousands of streaming services—including Disney+, Netflix, and Paramount+—that can be controlled precisely through Siri. can go.

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10 minutes

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what you need

  • An Apple TV (preferably 4K)

  • an hdmi cable

  • an ethernet cable (optional)

  • An iPhone or iPad (optional)

But while Apple’s intelligent voice assistant is capable of handling any task you can imagine, there’s one thing it can’t help: the setup process. So if you hit the road to enjoy streaming, you can always turn to this guide.

plug it in

First things first: Take everything out of the box and make sure it’s in working order. You’ll have an Apple TV, a power cable, a USB-A-to-Lightning cable (for charging remotes), and a Siri remote control.

Phase 1: Plug the short end of the power cable into the appropriate location on the back of the Apple TV and the other end into a wall socket or power bar.

Phase 2: Plug the HDMI cable into the Apple TV and the other end into your TV, soundbar, or receiver.

step 3: If you don’t want to use Wi-Fi, plug in an Ethernet cable.

turn it on

Now that everything is plugged in, it’s time to turn it on.

Phase 1: Turn on your TV and change its input selection to whatever is connected to the Apple TV. If you’re going through a receiver or soundbar instead, make sure that’s what the TV is seeing.

Phase 2: You should see the Apple TV setup screen once everything has booted up.

step 3: Pick up the Siri Remote and pair it through the on-screen instructions, which should ask you to press the TV/Control Center button (or Menu on first-generation Siri remotes), and the plus button (Volume Up). same time.

set it up

If you have an iPhone or iPad, the rest of setup is super easy because the Apple TV can access your geographic, network, and account settings from any of these devices. Follow the on screen instructions:

Phase 1: Unlock your device.

Phase 2: Make sure it is connected to your home Wi-Fi network.

step 3: Make sure Bluetooth is on.

step 4: Hold the iPhone or iPad close enough to the Apple TV.

Step 5: When prompted, enter the authentication listed on the TV screen.

If you don’t use this automated setup process, you’ll be asked to enter your network and account information manually, which is much less fun.

Your Apple TV will then say it’s activating, adding things like your iCloud account and HomeKit.

After that, you’ll be asked if you want to require a password for purchases. There are three options – always require, require after 15 minutes, and never require. If you have kids who lack appreciation for things like income and bank accounts, now is a great time to set up a little security. (You can change the setting at any time if you want.)

Your Apple TV can automatically switch display types depending on your TV, such as 4K Dolby Vision at 60Hz. If you like what you see, choose OK and keep going. Again, this is a setting that you can change later if you wish.

And that’s it for the main setup process. Everything you do here can be changed in Settings, including additional options for Siri Remote, audio, video, and any other devices you can connect to.

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